Light Reading

Quigley: IMS Won't Cure All

Ray Le Maistre
10/10/2006
50%
50%

PARIS -- Broadband World Forum Europe -- The adoption of next-generation networks based on IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) is the way forward for the telecom industry, but it isn't a cure-all for carriers, Alcatel (NYSE: ALA; Paris: CGEP:PA)'s chief operating officer (COO) Mike Quigley noted during a keynote address here in Paris today.

The separation of the control and services planes is a significant step, he said, "but it's not going to solve all the problems. IMS is not necessarily going to make things any simpler. The simplification that comes with deploying a single network infrastructure is being offset partly by some greater complexity" that comes with IMS, noted Quigley.

His warning follows Monday's full-blooded commitment to IMS by Orange (NYSE: FTE) delivered in the same auditorium at the CNIT center in La Defense, Paris's business district. (See FT: IMS Is the Future.)

It also comes as Alcatel announces that it has added TISPAN capabilities to its IMS platform. That means the vendor is claiming to have the ability to help fixed-line carriers migrate to an IMS-based architecture. (See Alcatel Adds Tispan to IMS and Tispan: IMS Plus.)

That's not all Alcatel announced today. The company spewed press releases this morning, including some new models in its IP router range. (See Alcatel Adds to IP Portfolio.)

First, it unveiled a bigger version of its 7450 Ethernet Service Switch (ESS). The new 12-slot model has a maximum switching capacity of 400 Gbit/s, twice the capacity of the original model that was launched in June 2004 and which has proved popular with major carriers. (See Alcatel Pushes Ethernet-Over-MPLS , Alcatel Router Revenues Surge, and Alcatel 7450 Passes Test.)

Alcatel also launched a smaller, four-slot 9-Gbit/s version of its 7710 service router, which was unveiled earlier this year. (See Alcatel Unveils New Router.)

The vendor bagged some new "IP transformation" deals, including an €80 million ($100 million) triple play access deal with Italian fixed and mobile carrier Wind Telecomunicazioni SpA . Alcatel is supplying IPTV capabilities from its partner Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) as well as its 7302 IP DSLAM, 7450 and 7750 IP routers, 5020 softswitch and 7515 media gateways, and various optical products and OSS products. (See Wind, Telefónica Pick Alcatel.)

It also has a wide-ranging deal with Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) for its Latin American operations, and is supplying German research network VIOLA (vertically integrated optical test bed for large applications) with its 1850 Transport Service Switch. (See VIOLA Uses Alcatel Switch and Alcatel Unveils 'Universal' Metro Switch.)

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

(0)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Flash Poll
From The Founder
Network architects aiming to upgrade their networks to support agile, open, virtualized services in the 21st century need to consider new criteria when choosing between technology suppliers.
Live Streaming Video
BTE 2015 Sponsor Keynote: HP
Dr. Prodip Sen, CTO, Network Functions Virtualization, HP
LRTV Custom TV
Red Hat Demo

7|2|15   |   10:53   |   (0) comments


Red Hat's Nicolas Lemieux demonstrates how Red Hat is driving innovation through open source communities.
LRTV Custom TV
Red Hat's Approach to OpenStack Adoption

7|2|15   |   5:17   |   (0) comments


Red Hat's Radhesh Balakrishnan outlines his company's open source strategy for both enterprises and telcos.
LRTV Custom TV
The New IP Goes Mobile With vEPC

7|2|15   |   1:12   |   (0) comments


Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown discusses results of a Light Reading survey sponsored by Brocade that shows a clear commitment by mobile operators to move quickly to virtual EPC deployment.
LRTV Custom TV
Making Business Sense of SDN

7|2|15   |   1:42   |   (0) comments


Results of a Brocade-sponsored survey show that CSPs have a clear sense of SDN use cases but are wrestling with the business case. Sterling Perrin of Heavy Reading looks behind the numbers.
LRTV Custom TV
NFV Will Be Here Sooner Than You Think

7|2|15   |   2:22   |   (0) comments


Forget the usual ten-year cycle for new technologies – NFV will be a core part of CSP networks in five years, based on results of a Brocade-sponsored survey, says Heavy Reading's Caroline Chappell.
LRTV Custom TV
The New IP Gains Traction With CSPs

7|2|15   |   1:42   |   (0) comments


Roz Roseboro of Heavy Reading analyzes results of a Light Reading survey sponsored by Brocade showing that CSPs are getting serious about making the transition to the New IP era.
LRTV Custom TV
It's (Real) Time for Analytics

7|2|15   |   1:42   |   (0) comments


Heavy Reading's Jim Hodges looks at how CSPs say they plan to use analytics to deploy new services in real time as part of The New IP, based on results of a survey sponsored by Brocade.
LRTV Documentaries
IoT in Action

6|30|15   |   1:39   |   (8) comments


Two co-workers discuss the benefits of IoT technology.
LRTV Interviews
Ericsson Opens Up on OPNFV

6|30|15   |   14:16   |   (1) comment


Martin Bäckström, VP and head of industry area Datacom at Ericsson, talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the emergence of OPNFV, the importance of standards and Ericsson's OPNFV plans.
LRTV Custom TV
NetNumber Founder Discusses NFV/SDN Impact on SP Networks

6|26|15   |   4:15   |   (0) comments


NetNumber Founder Doug Ranalli examines why SPs need a new network infrastructure for service agility. While NFV and SDN are the tools, the old ways of thinking about signaling control are inhibitors. Doug provides his recommendations.
LRTV Custom TV
Orchestrating NFV vCPE Services Across Multivendor Networks

6|26|15   |   5:46   |   (0) comments


Nirav Modi provides an overview of vCPE, the fastest-growing NFV use case, showing how Cyan's Blue Planet orchestrates vCPE services across a multivendor infrastructure to rapidly deliver new managed services for business customers.
LRTV Custom TV
ZTE at LTE Summit Amsterdam 2015

6|26|15   |     |   (0) comments


As one of the leading global telecommunications providers, ZTE presented its cutting-edge technology at LTE World Summit 2015 in Amsterdam. On display at ZTE's booth were the latest R&D achievements in wireless, 5G development, HetNet, deep convergence of FDD and TDD, and RCS/IMD/iSDN/vCN.
Upcoming Live Events
September 16-17, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
October 6, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
October 6, 2015, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
October 14-15, 2015, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
November 5, 2015, Hilton Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Hot Topics
Who's Feeding Fiber to LinkNYC Hotspots?
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 6/29/2015
What's a Gigabit Good For?
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 7/1/2015
Colt to Jettison Ailing IT Business
Iain Morris, News Editor, 6/30/2015
Eurobites: Activist Investor Takes Stake in AlcaLu
Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, 6/30/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Casa Systems has been going from strength to strength over the last couple of years. In 2013, it became the first vendor to ship an integrated CCAP device -- the ...
Cedrik Neike, SVP of Global Service Provider, Service Delivery, at Cisco, talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about solving service provider customer problems in a virtualized, DevOps world, including multivendor support and the future of network procurement.
Cats with Phones